Gabby Williams has been filling the stat sheet throughout the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, averaging 4.6 assists and 3.2 steals heading into Saturday’s bronze medal game against Serbia.
In that competition at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, Williams led France with an individual record of 17 points in Tokyo and his team received a balanced score elsewhere en route to a 91-76 triumph. This is France’s second Olympic medal in women’s basketball with the first silver medal in 2012.
France faced a lot of adversity in Tokyo but emerged as the third best team in the world with the help of some WNBA talent namely Williams, a member of the Los Angeles Sparks and Chicago Sky contributor of the year. last. . Marine Johannès, who averaged 11.2 points and 3.8 assists in Tokyo, currently has a suspended contract with New York Liberty, a team for which she scored 7.2 points per game in 2019.
Sandrine Gruda has held firm against some of the best players in the world and was France’s top scorer in Tokyo. She played six seasons in the W, the most recent being 2017, and averaged 13.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game for the Connecticut Sun in 2009.
Williams added eight rebounds, a team-high, and tied the team’s top with four assists in the bronze medal game. Endene Miyem finished second for the team with 16 points and also took five rebounds while Gruda had 14 and five with four assists. Marine Fauthoux, 29th overall pick in the 2021 WNBA Draft, scored 12 points while Johannès (three assists), Alix Duchet (three assists) and Alexia Chartereau each have 10.
Iliana Rupert, the No.12 pick in the 2021 WNBA Draft which was won by the Las Vegas Aces, only played 9:34 against Serbia and was held scoreless. She, however, scored 11 points on 4 of 5 shots from the field and 3 of 3 from the free throw line in 14 minutes of action against the United States in the group game.
France trailed Serbia 23-19 after one, but won the second 24-17 and the third 24-16. Serbia would reduce him to seven on Yvonne Anderson’s free throws with 3:38 left but wouldn’t come close. A hat-trick from Nevena Jovanovic at 1:33 from the end brings him back to nine, allowing Serbia to hang on to hope. But a three Williams pullback with 39 seconds left made it a 12 point game and Johannès provided the exclamation mark with his own trey with four ticks remaining.
Anderson finished with 24 points and five assists in the loss. Teammate Jelena Brooks added 14 points, six rebounds and five assists while Sonja Vasic was good for nine, eight and three.
France shot 51.9% from beyond the arc with 14 marks. Williams was at 4 of 5 while Fauthoux and Chartereau were both perfect at 2 of 2.